Engine Company No. 24.

Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro Chiller PlantBuilt in 1911, Engine Company No. 24 is an excellent example of early twentieth century suburban firehouse design in Washington, D.C. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style by the locally significant architect Luther Leisenring and his partner Charles Gregg, the firehouse became an established landmark in the local neighborhood of Petworth. As the first fully-motorized fire company in D.C. history, Engine Company No. 24 is also associated with technological advancements which would change fire fighting and fire house design forever.engine-no-24 Built to house horses and horse-drawn equipment, the station was stripped of its horse-related equipment within a year of its construction. Two new motorized engines were brought into the station in the fall of 1912, heralding the end of the era of the horse in the District of Columbia Fire Department.

engine-no-24-interiorThe firehouse was originally located at 3702 Georgia Avenue at the intersection of New Hampshire and Rock Creek Church Rd.  Engine company 24 relocated to a new facility in July1994. The facade of the original building was relocated and integrated into the chiller plant for the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station in December 1994.engine-no-24-staircase

(History and historical photos from Library of Congress)

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10 Responses to “Engine Company No. 24.”

  1. Elsha Quinn Says:

    Fascinating! I was wondering if that building was still in use as a fire station. One question though, what’s a chiller plant?

  2. […] Now: March, 2009 … Construction is nearing completion on the Park Place Apartment complex, Metro is now at the intersection, and the fire station no longer exists. The facade was saved and located around the corner as the new chiller plant for the Metro station. For a brief history on the fire station, you can go to my earlier posting here>> […]

  3. […] this example, Engine Company No. 24, which I’ve posted about before, is overlaid with the new Park Place […]

  4. […] Engine Company No. 24, built in 1911 at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road and Georgia Avenue, was an excellent example of early twentieth century suburban firehouse design in Washington, D.C.  As the first fully motorized fire company in D.C., Engine Company No. 24 was also associated with technological advancements that would change fire fighting and firehouse design forever. […]

  5. […] Church Road/Georgia Avenue/New Hampshire Avenue. Among the items that the sign could include are Engine Co. 24, the Little Tavern Shops, York Auto (introduction of car culture to society), and Peoples […]

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